The first great war on Earth took place millions of years ago when the warrio_rincess, Izanami, fought Red Dragon, the rapacious prince of the west.
With her army following behind, Izanami ran all the way across the land o_odo to fight Red Dragon. Izanami finally cornered and defeated Red Dragon i_ battle that lasted for years and destroyed a third of their kingdom.
Izanami had a secret known only a few of her most trusted officers. Izanam_idn't defeat Red Dragon because she was a cleverer tactician or a stronge_arrior. Izanami won because she was insane.
She came to the battle field in a heavy cloak, under which she was wrapped i_hains. As she entered the battle-field, she looked small and lost. It wa_nly when she was released from all her heavy restraints that the full powe_f her madness was brought down on Red Dragon. Izanami won the battle b_xploding a volcano in the Khumbu Mountains. The lava and ash almost destroye_he world, but killed Red Dragon and his army first.
Izanami was the first hero on Earth, though few have ever heard of he_istoric combat. Her story remains popular with her people, but even amon_cholars across the three Spheres, Izanami's story is obscure.
The Nio, Izanami's people, were smoke wraiths. The entire epic war betwee_zanami and Red Dragon lasted no longer than the span of a human breath—bu_or the Nio, that breath was a lifetime. And that was Izanami's other secret.
She knew how insignificant her people and their victory were in the universe.
Its insignificance made the victory seem all the sweeter to Izanami, provin_nce again that the logic of Tricksters and the enlightened are hard to tel_part.